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Road to Financial Freedom

  “Spendthrift” is my mom’s mantra for how she handles money. As soon as she started giving me monetary money when I was in 6th grade, she would tell me not to spend everything, especially on the things that I do not need. Thanks to my mom, I learned how to save in a piggy bank early on. But as I grow up, things change. I learned that to live a decent life, we need to work hard for the life that we want. But being a nurse in my country, the salary is not enough to feed our family let alone live a comfortable life. I have three children and pets at home. To sustain all our needs, I need to find ways how to earn in addition to what my husband is earning. I started to find ways how to earn passive income and a steady stream of income. Growing up, I know that once you graduate from college and earn a degree, you can earn a living. But there was a shift of mindset when I was exposed to the power of social media. Admittedly, it helped me open doors to many opportunities including learning di

Hidilyn Diaz: Winning the gold is just the beginning

Winning the gold medal is the definitive goal of any Olympic athlete. For 30-year-old Hidilyn Diaz, getting the gold was not the final aspiration but a part of a bigger purpose – that is to inspire all Filipinos to aim high in everything they do. 

Filipinos all over the world celebrated Diaz’s achievement when she took home the country’s first ever gold from the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. It was a long journey for the Zamboanga native, but it was all worth it. Diaz started lifting weights at the age of 11 using a homemade concrete barbell. Six years later, she went on to represent the country in the 2007 Southeast Asian Games. A year after, she competed in 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics, followed by the 2012 London Olympics then in the 2016 Rio Olympics. In 2018, she was present in the Asian Games and then finally, in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. 

Like many people, Diaz experienced physical pain and extreme fatigue from her rigorous training. Not to include that she was away from her family and was staying in a foreign land to train. Notwithstanding, she found ways and did not lose sight of the coveted Olympic gold.

From banker to weightlifter

Not many people know that Diaz dreamed of working in a bank thinking that she would be able to help her family cope with financial struggles. 

“When I was a child, I told my mom that I want to work in a bank and count money to lessen her financial worries,” she said. 

Growing up poor, Diaz helped her father sell vegetables and fish on the streets while still at school. It was through her cousin that she was introduced to sports at a young age. Her curiosity and will to survive brought her to try out basketball, volleyball, badminton, and eventually, weightlifting. 

As an athlete, the rewards and opportunities she received from the government and different sectors and individuals, enabled her to fulfill the childhood dream of helping her parents.

However, her dream of becoming a banker remains – this time as someone who inspires and teaches other people how to manage their money. Diaz wants to help her fellow athletes  learn how to save and grow their hard-earned money. “I once made an unwise decision with my money. I want to share what I learned to them,” she remarked.

Olympic gold medalist Hidilyn Diaz supports BDO's advocacies on financial inclusion and financial education. Present during the meet & greet were BDO Chairperson Tessie Sy-Coson, BDO President & CEO Nestor V. Tan, and other BDO executives and guests, namely, BDO senior vice president and remittance head Geneva Gloria; BDO senior vice president and cash management head Carlo Nazareno; coach Julius Naranjo; Diaz's business manager Noel Ferrer; BDO senior assistant vice president and Corporate Communication's Head Honey Reyes; and, BDO first vice president and marketing services head Hannah Lopez.

Her heart is set on inspiring all the Filipinos living or working here and abroad facing their own challenges to achieve their goals. 

“There is no quick way to success. Hard work and determination are important. Remember to surround yourself with people who will help you fulfill your dreams,” shared Diaz.   

She doesn’t see herself retiring in the foreseeable future. “As long as I’m able and my body still affords the training, I will carry on and do what I love to do.” As Diaz continues to lift weights, she will also continue to lift the spirits of Filipinos who may be losing sight of their goal amid the pandemic. 

In her own words, “kayang-kaya ‘yan kabayan”.   


  1. She's a real hero not only to the whole country but also to each and every ones heart ! Determination and perseverance! Dedication and commitment!

  2. Sabi nga nila lahat ng pagsasakripisyo at pagtitiis mo eh may katumbas na pangarap, ganyan ang nangyari kay ms. Hidilyn Diaz. Yung dream niya nung bata pa na maiangat ang kanyang pamilya sa kahirapan eh natupad na niya. At sa tong din ng BDO, may mapupuntahan na maganda ang kanyang pinaghirapan.

  3. Nakakainspired talaga si Hidilyn Diaz na kahit Anong pagsubok at kahit ilang beses ka man mabigo wag sumuko . ❤️💪

  4. It's always great when athletes are such an inspiration to everyone for more than just their prowess in their chosen sport.

  5. It sounds like she has done well winning a gold at the Olympics. I'm sure she has a bright future ahead.

  6. That's amazing that after competing quite a few times before that Hidilyn finally got her gold medal x

  7. What you're doing is amazing and very inspirational!!! Keep up the amazing work!!!

  8. I was so excited that she had won Gold! Super exciting and she and the whole country should be beaming with pride!

  9. I watched the Olympics and I really admired her! She's so strong and knowing her story made me much more inspired. Amazing Hidilyn!

  10. It is so amazing to have such inspirational people being role models!


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